A letter objecting to the proposed changes to SCA was sent by the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) President, Anthony White, to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sydney last week. Read it here:
In today’s Saturday Paper:
Visual arts education is under siege as plans to merge Sydney colleges spark accusations economic rationalism is triumphing over creative endeavour.
An article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald revealing the depth of opposition to the proposed art school ‘merger’:
National Art School at Darlinghurst and Sydney College of Arts at Paddington set to move to UNSW.
Artshub have posted this video of federal MP Anthony Albanese addressing the protest at the AGNSW. Read the full story here:
Why We Should All be Fighting for the Arts – Catalogue
On the Threatened Closure of Sydney College of the Arts – Runway
JULY 12 – Challenge Sydney University to Provide Students with Skills Needed for the 21st Century – NAVA
JULY 7 – Art Attack – Alt media
JULY 6 – Students clash with police over Sydney University and University of NSW’s art campus closure plans – Daily Telegraph
JULY 6 – Let SCA Stay – Friends of Callum Park
JULY 5 – SCA: Sixty students to take on University of Sydney – SMH
JULY 4 – 300 students protest SCA closure at USyd Senate meeting – Honi Soit
JULY 1 – We’re starving our culture with cut after cut – SMH
30 JUNE -Fact Check: Are our art schools closing? – Artshub
JUNE 30 – Art school merger not like mixing paint – Altmedia
http://www.altmedia.net.au/116856/116856JUNE 29 – Sydney College of the Arts Closure: Who’s Next? – NTRO Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts
JUNE 29 – University management face angry staff and students over proposed SCA ‘merger’ – Honi Soit
JUNE 29 – Sydney College of the Arts students fight campus closure – Red Flag
JUNE 28 – No Friend of the Arts: University of Sydney slammed by associate professor for closing art school – SMH
JUNE 24 – Battle to Save Sydney University’s College of the Arts – Green Left Weekly
JUNE 21 – Two Sydney art schools set to merge – Arthub
JUNE 21 – Sydney University art school merger with UNSW sparks outrage among students – SMH
JUNE 21 – The Sydney College of Arts based at Rozelle will cease to exist after University of Sydney and University of NSW agree on merger – Inner West Courier
MAY 21 – College of the Arts denies plans to vacate Callan Park site – Inner West Courier Inner City
UNSW Art & Design Student Council ~ SPECIAL BULLETIN
Save Visual Arts Education at the University of Sydney – no to the closure of SCA!
SCA STUDENTS DEMAND ANSWERS: SCAR OPEN LETTER
JUNE 23 – Arts News; Sydney art schools to merge – ABC RN
JUNE 23 – Razors Edge – 2SER
JULY 4 – Students fight for SCA – SMH
JULY 5 – LET SCA STAY meets the USYD Senate
JULY 4 – SCA here to stay – Jamie Thomas Parker NSW Greens
JUNE 28 – LET SCA STAY goes to Provost Stephen Garton’s Presentation
JUNE 28 – SCA students evict their Dean and Provost from student meeting
JUNE 24 – SCAs auditorium was packed today with students
MARCH 2 – SCASS Meeting on the proposed merger of SCA with UNSW
FACEBOOK POSTS (IMAGES & VIDEO):
Friday 15 July
Art Gallery of NSW
On Friday the 15th of July, students and supporters of the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) will be holding a peaceful vigil in protest of the proposed closure of SCA.
On the 21st of June, the University of Sydney announced that it had signed a heads of agreement with the University of New South Wales, which would close SCA and force current students to transfer to UNSW from Semester 1 2017. This decision was made without any prior consultation with students.
In 1976 SCA became one of the first tertiary art schools established in New South Wales. Today it has around 600 students, and its alumni include artist Shaun Gladwell, designer Marc Newson and film director Jane Campion.
Danica Knezevic is a current PhD candidate at SCA and a Sydney artist. “It is an absolute tragedy that the University of Sydney does not have the vision and respect for the arts to develop and maintain Sydney College of the Arts,” she said. “SCA is an integral part of the future of arts education in Australia and its demise would be a disaster for our culture.”
SCA offers a unique studio-based arts education under the guidance of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. For many SCA students, the exceptionally high calibre of academic staff was the key reason for choosing the University of Sydney. All current SCA staff have been asked to ‘reapply’ for their positions at UNSW, without any guarantee of future employment.
While undergraduate SCA students and those enrolled in the Master of Contemporary Arts will have the choice to remain enrolled in a University of Sydney degree, all units of study will be delivered by UNSW and follow their design-based curriculum.
This vigil highlights the plight of Sydney College of the Arts and coincides with the opening of the Archibald Prize, one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. Many artists who have graduated from SCA have exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and three have won the Archibald Prize: Ben Quilty, Cherry Hood and Fiona Lowry.
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